[ fuh-keer, fey-ker ]
/ fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər /


a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.
Also fa·keer [fuh-keer] /fəˈkɪər/.

Origin of fakir

First recorded in 1600–10, fakir is from the Arabic word faqīr poor

Can be confused

faker fakir
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British Dictionary definitions for fakir


faqir fakeer (fəˈkɪə)

/ (fəˈkɪə, ˈfeɪkə) /


a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man

Word Origin for fakir

C17: from Arabic faqīr poor
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